Six-run 10th propels HPU past Radford
The High Point University baseball team scored six runs in the top of the 10th inning to break a 5-5 tie and pick up an 11-5 win over Radford on Friday night in Radford, Va. HPU senior Willie Medina went 3 for 4 on the night with an RBI and two runs scored.
“It was great to start this weekend off with a win on the road,” HPU head coach Craig Coazrt said. “This is our third extra inning game in our last four and those are learning experiences for our guys. When we got into the 10th inning our guys were relaxed. We got really nice offensive contributions up and down the lineup tonight. Jacob Newberry did a nice job digging in after a couple rough innings early and got us deep into the game.”
Eleven batters came to the plate for High Point in the 10th inning. Sophomore Spencer Angelis reached on an error by the RU first baseman to lead off the frame. Senior Ryan Retz followed and hit a swinging bunt for an infield single, sliding into first ahead of the throw. Angelis came around to score when graduate student Adam Barry laid down a sacrifice bunt and the Highlander third baseman committed a throwing error trying to get his HPU counterpart at first.
After the Highlanders walked sophomore Cody Manzella to load the bases with no outs, High Point rattled off five more runs to build a six-run lead. Medina, freshman Brett Gemmell, sophomore Stephen Wytiaz and sophomore Josh Spano all had RBIs in the inning for HPU and a balk by RU pitcher Oliver Powers scored sophomore Dane McDermott.
Sophomore Joe Goodman struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th to pick up his second win of the season. Goodman pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen and allowed just two hits while striking out five.
Daniel Bridgeman was charged with the loss for Radford after allowing six runs, one earned on four hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings of work.
The win over Radford was HPU’s third game in its last four to go to extra innings. The Panthers are now 2-3 in extra inning games this season.
High Point improves to 16-19 overall and 4-6 in the Big South with the win. Radford drops to 20-12 overall and 7-3 in the Big South with the loss.
Newberry started the game for High Point and lasted 7-2/3 innings and giving up five runs, four earned on nine hits and a walk. The senior finished with nine strikeouts in the game, one shy of his career high.
Medina was one of two batters with three hits in the game along with Retz who went 3-6 with two runs scored. McDermott went 2-5 in the win and scored a team-high three runs. HPU outhit the Highlanders 15-11 on the night.
High Point and Radford will meet once again at the Radford Baseball Stadium for the second game of their three-game weekend series today at 4 p.m. The Panthers will attempt to clinch their second Big South series of the season and their first conference road series with a victory.
HPU WOMEN’S LACROSSE FALLS TO DAVIDSON
DAVIDSON — The High Point University women’s lacrosse team took an 11-9 loss to Davidson, the Panthers’ first Big South loss of the season, on Friday evening. Junior defender Jasmine Jordan had a goal, four ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers for HPU.
“Davidson capitalized on some opporutnities and we didn’t execute on all of our shots,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “I thought we were prepared coming in so it was a disappointing loss but we’ve got two Big South games to go. We’ll try to get wins there and then win the Big South Tournament.
High Point fell to 6-7 overall and 4-1 in Big South play while Davidson improved to 8-5 overall and 5-0 in the Big South. The Wildcats are alone in first place in the Big South standings and are in position to host the Big South Tournament April 26-28.
Along with Jordan’s stellar game, redshirt-senior Grace Gaeng and freshman Emily Meier each scored twice. Gaeng added three draw controls.
Davidson was led by Emma Sissman, who scored three times in the first half, as well as Alanna Parker, who scored two goals. Sophomore attacker Emily Cooke scored once and had seven assists.
The Panthers play at Campbell on Monday at 3 p.m.